August 23, 2011

Los Angeles, CA – LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program has named Donna Brown Guillaume as its new Director of External Affairs. Ms. Brown Guillaume will help drive the creation, implementation and success of marketing and communications programs and establish new partnerships with individuals, corporations, and other nonprofit organizations through industry-specific and community-based outreach.

Donna Brown Guillaume is a leader and manager with exceptional communication skills and an extensive background in media, publishing, and social activism.  She is a seasoned public speaker and sought-after moderator who was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families.   An Emmy-nominated television producer, publisher of children’s books, and journalist, Brown Guillaume has created and implemented complex, commercially successful projects and has a broad network of contacts in the entertainment and political communities.

Brown Guillaume was executive producer of HBO’s prime-time animated series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child, an award-winning program featuring a multi-ethnic cast of voices, writers, directors and composers.  She also executive produced the Humanitas Prize–winning HBO special The Sissy Duckling written by and starring Harvey Fierstein. Other of her groundbreaking television productions include the PBS films You Must Remember This and Passion and Memory; the HBO documentaries Reading Their Hearts Out and Middle School Confessions; and in association with the Library of Congress, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives.   Unchained Memories, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, received numerous Emmy, NAACP and NAMIC Award nominations, and won a Christopher Award. She also wrote, produced and directed the Emmy-nominated documentary special on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for KCBS, A Look Back, A Look Forward.

With Robert Guillaume, she co-founded Confetti Entertainment Company, which published children’s books and companion audiocassettes and the production entity Longridge Enterprises.

A founder and former board chair of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), she sat on the board of the TransAfrica Forum based in Washington, DC, and has been a moderator on panel discussions for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and BADWest (Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers).

A graduate of Harvard University, Brown Guillaume is a member of Women in Film, the Writers’ Guild, BAD West, and the Directors’ Guild of America.  She is also a supporter of Big Sisters of Los Angeles, and Girls Inc.

About LA's BEST


LA's BEST - Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 180 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school — at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA's BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. For more information, please visit